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cancel each other out

[for the opposite effects of two things] to balance each other. The cost of the meal you bought and what I owed you cancel each other out, so we're even. They canceled out each other.
See also: cancel, each, other, out

cancel out (of something)

to withdraw from something. I hate to cancel out of the event at the last minute, but this is an emergency. It's too late to cancel out.
See also: cancel, out

cancel someone out of something

 and cancel someone out 
1. to eliminate someone from something (as from a list of names). We had to cancel them out. We canceled out all the people who did not show up.
2. Sl. to eliminate someone; to kill someone. The drug lord threatened to cancel out his former partner for testifying against him.
See also: cancel, of, out

cancel someone's Christmas

Sl. to kill someone; to destroy someone. (Underworld or jocular; the idea is that the dead person will not live until Christmas.) If he keeps bugging me, I'm gonna cancel his Christmas. Willie threatened to cancel Richard's Christmas if Richard didn't pay up.
See also: cancel, Christmas

cancel something out

to balance the effects of something. Sending flowers might cancel the bad feelings out. The last payment canceled out the debt.
See also: cancel, out

cancel out

Neutralize the effect of, offset, render void. For example, Anne's kindness to her neighbor could not cancel out her irritability. The verb cancel was used in this way by itself from the late 1400s; out was added in the early 1900s.
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cancel out

1. To delete or erase something: I went back to the list and canceled out my name. Realizing the total was incorrect, I canceled it out and recalculated the price.
2. To equalize or make up for something; offset something: Today's decline in the stock's price canceled out yesterday's gain. We made record progress last month, but the delays this month have canceled it out. I never go to the beach because the fun of swimming in the ocean and the difficulty of getting to the beach cancel out.
3. To remove a common factor from both sides of a mathematical equation: After I canceled out the common factors, I could easily solve for the variable. When two factors are equal, you can cancel them out.
4. To withdraw from something, as an activity or obligation: They had dinner reservations with us, but they had to cancel out when they couldn't find a babysitter.
5. Slang To murder someone: The loan shark threatened to cancel me out if I didn't pay him the money. The gangsters vowed to cancel out any rivals.
See also: cancel, out

cancel someone out of something

tv. to eliminate someone; to kill someone. The drug lord threatened to cancel out his former partner for testifying against him.
See also: cancel, of, out

cancel someone’s Christmas

tv. to kill someone; to destroy someone. (Underworld. The dead person will miss Christmas.) If he keeps bugging me, I’m gonna cancel his Christmas.
See also: cancel, Christmas
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A number of my constituents have told me of how their operations have been cancelled multiple times.
A Department of Health spokesman said 11,585 operations were cancelled because of "patient related problems", including the patient cancelling the operation.
However, the figures are calculated differently, with the Department looking at operations cancelled 24 hours before they are due to take place while the Tory data takes a longerterm view.
PMs must wrestle with a common cognitive bias for programmatic stability--a preference for keeping programs alive even if they should be cancelled.
Aer Lingus said one flight to Paris would operate but others to the French capital and Nice from Dublin would be cancelled, as well as one flight from Cork.
The association was formed in 1999 after the spring bear hunt was cancelled.
Melbourne -- all flights cancelled through today, operations will
Now Inspirations have cancelled ALL their weekly flights from Glasgow to Cyprus from 5 May to 20 October.
First, our fully-executed, valid and binding lease with our largest tenant was legislatively cancelled, our contractual right to receive lease payments has been taken away, and no compensation has been offered by the State," Mullins said.
Cardbeat([R]), a syndicated market research report published by ACG, reported that more than 3/4 of consumers have cancelled at least one general-purpose credit card at some point in their lives.
A HOSPITAL trust has reduced the number of operations cancelled on the day they were due to go ahead by almost half.
Those weapon licenses issued by the federal government will all be cancelled next month (September).
Service CX524 between Hong Kong and Narita will remain cancelled except for 28, 29 April and 5, 8 May.
Dubai German carrier Lufthansa Airlines has cancelled two-thirds of its global flights after pilots began a four-day strike.
More than 5,000 NHS operations a month are cancelled at the last minute for non-medical reasons, figures showed yesterday.